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Windows Forms Programming with C# [Paperback]

Erik Brown
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Dec 1 2001
The new C# language and Internet software services have received much of the attention surrounding Microsoft’s new .NET environment. However, Microsoft has also redesigned the way Windows desktop applications will be created and deployed in the future. Intended as a tutorial for C++ and Java programmers at all levels, this book shows how C# and the .NET framework can be used to develop Windows applications with .NET. As a way to demonstrate how Windows Forms applications are constructed, the book provides a chapter-by-chapter guide to building an image application to view, share, and manage digital photos stored on a hard drive or on removable media. Also discussed are Visual Studio 7.0, C# language syntax and usage, Windows Forms controls, ADO.NET, and other topics vital to the creation and deployment of Windows applications in this new environment.

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Erik Brown is a consultant specializing in intellectual property and Windows application development. He has been involved in software development for over 10 years and is a veteran of multiple startup companies working with both UNIX and Windows platforms. He lives in Gainesville, Virginia.

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By Björn
If you are just getting started with Windows Forms, and want to learn the basics, fine.
If you want to develop data-driven real world, esp. enterprise applications, this book is of very little help.
The author seems to be a novice in large-scale application design. He can certainly build a simplistic sample program, using as many features in Windows Forms as possible, but I doubt his ability to create even the most basic data-entry app for your client.
It's really strange almost all reviewers gave it a 5-star rating.
On a side note, I've read quite a few titles published Manning, and am under the impression that "lack of depth" is their hallmark. (Have you read the ".NET multi-threading" one? the author obviously didn't have much insight into threading, much less .NET threading)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Feb. 22 2004
Ok, I'll admit it. Lately, I've been the type of person who will absolutely swear by reading customer reviews before buying a book. Then after purchasing and reading the book, I wouldn't invest the time to write a review in order to help others.
Until now.
This book has captivated me, and I can't seem to put it down. Mr. Brown speaks well, presents his material in a logical, orderly fashion, and with child-like ease. I haven't read a book that compares with this quality since Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think!"
I especially like the way the Mr. Brown lays out the framework for the book, and encourages you to follow along with the "project". After completing the book, you'll have in your possession one complete, functional Windows Application. You could, of course, simply download the code from the publisher's web site (which, btw is organized chapter by chapter, section by section), but I've enjoyed walking the path with Mr. Brown as he explains concepts, the .NET framework, and what his thought process is as he builds a working photo album application.
What's more, I haven't seen *that* many typos in this work. There are some, don't get me wrong, but I was easily able to spot them even before writing the code. If you follow along with the process he lays out, you're bound to spot the mispelled variable names when they do appear. Even if they slip by you, you'll recognize that something is amiss when Intellisense doesn't kick in. Believe me though, these minor setbacks don't even compare to the major headaches one receives when trying to use code from say...Wrox.
Believe me when I tell you that you will enjoy this book from the moment you begin chapter one. This book isn't meant to be a reference, but rather, a valuable learning tool that is a joy to read, easy to follow, and rewarding when complete. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning to build functional, intelligent interfaces and having fun doing it.
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By A Customer
I have to agree with the rest of the reviewers - this is an excellent book. I've programmed for over 15 years now and have read over 100 programming books during that span. This book stands out as one of, if not the best, programming books I've ever read. The book is about 600 pages long, and focuses on building a photo album application. It's clearly written, easy to follow, and provides step by step instructions on how to create the application within Visual Studio.Net. As the rear of the book says, this is a book for beginner to intermediate level programmers. If you're looking to learn windows forms, this is a fantastic place to start. Great job Erik Brown!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Refreshing Oct. 1 2003
I must admit that I agree with the other reviewers, because I was VERY impressed with this book, considering some of the junk that's being published these days. It's organization was well thought out; the explanations and layout of the code examples was very easy to follow, though the content was not for the C# or programming novice (thankfully); and even the print type was easy on the eyes. It's refreshing to find a book that's truly well worth the money. It's a great book that I consider one of the best in my library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first .NET book - exactly what I looked for Aug. 5 2003
By Itai
Erik Brown's book was exactly what I looked for. This book introduces .NET Graphical User Interface for Windows Applications. Each chapter starts with the motivation, followed by a step-by-step instructions for Visual Studio users, C# source code and a discussion explaining the code. Erik Brown pauses to explain C# keywords not familiar to C++ / Java programmers, and a relevant .NET Framework Class documentation precedes each example.
This book gave me the jump-start I needed to start writing Windows Applications, and it covers 99% percent of the GUI components I would probably need.
I recommend this book both for experienced Windows application developers (migrating from Win32, MFC or Java) and newcomers to Windows application programming familiar only with ANSI C++.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book July 11 2003
This is a great programming book - period. Erik has a great style of writing and presents Windows Forms programming by example, explains what is going on in detail and how to use VS.NET to accomplish the task.
If you want to learn Windows Forms programming, I would not hesitate to recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to learn WinForms using C# June 5 2003
This title is absolutely amazing and packs several topics that C# developers will come across in the real world. Walking us through a sample MyPhotos Application, the author explains how creating reusable libraries, using common dialog boxes, basic controls, toolbars and menus.
Unlike other texts, topics are not washed over but everything is explained nicely and also ties back into the sample MyPhotos application perfectly! In the more advanced secion of the book, the author takes a look at List and Tree views in creatng a sample MyAlbumExplorer. Then DataBinding in WinForms along with printing, timers, ActiveX controls and Drag-n-drop support are also explained.
No matter what level you are at in C#, this book is sure to improve your programming and possibly inject some enthusiasm into your programming again.
Great text, super sample applications and the example WORKS!
Get your copy now ;0)
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